Things To Do in Louisiana This Weekend

Whether you are a culture seeker, food aficionado, outdoor adventurer or history lover, Louisiana is filled with opportunities for you to #FeedYourSoul. 
 

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Restaurant Week New Orleans
Restaurant Week New Orleans

Eat your way through the Crescent City during Restaurant Week New Orleans.

Yoga Under the Oak
Yoga Under the Oak

Discover bliss with an all-levels yoga session at Yoga Under the Oak. 

Rockin’ River Fest
Rockin’ River Fest

Listen to fiddle-filled Louisiana tunes and high-energy eclectic jams at Rockin’ River Fest.

Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.

With 10 state museums and 21 state parks and preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana. 

Head to countless festivals. Listen to live music that will get in your bones and never leave. Enjoy world-class fishing, boating and paddling. Get up close with nature on biking and hiking trails. You'll find excellent camping and picnic areas, including well-equipped cabins and RV parks, at many of our Louisiana state parks. 

Discover the history of Mardi Gras, see Louis Armstrong's cornet, relive historical moments in Louisiana sports history and so much more when you visit one of Louisiana's museums. There are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture that makes Louisiana such a special place. 

Find your Louisiana with these events happening around the state this weekend. Check out a full list of this weekend's events and plan your visit today! 

Restaurant Week New Orleans

June 17-23
New Orleans

Eat your way through the Crescent City during Restaurant Week New Orleans. You’ll love sampling multi-course meals that highlight the city’s melting pot of flavors, like Cajun cuisine with a twist at Gabrielle Restaurant, or delectable international dishes at Mister Mao Restaurant. Plus, you can find under $50 special offers for some of New Orleans’ most famous establishments, like Café Degas, Tujague’s Restaurant and Brennan’s.

Travel between restaurants on the Tennessee Williams-famous streetcars for scenic views of the city. Or learn about New Orleans’ history and mystique on a guided tour, from carriage rides through the Garden District to ghost walks in the French Quarter and paddlewheel boat trips on the Mississippi River.

Visit New Orleans.

Mansfield Civic Group Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Mansfield
June 20-23

The Mansfield Civic Group Annual Juneteenth Celebration honors Black history and culture right at home. Hip-hop and blues street dances, a night parade and a gospel festival are on tap, while local food vendors serve classic Louisiana flavor. Plus, the Mansfield Civic Center will have all-day children’s activities available.

Stay the weekend and enjoy fishing with the family along the River Park Boardwalk. Wine aficionados can start their weekend early with a tasting on Friday night at the nearby Kickapoo Twist Winery & Vineyards in Gloster. 

Discover DeSoto Parish.

Jurassic Quest

June 21-23
Gonzales

Take the kiddos on the dino-adventure of a lifetime at Jurassic Quest. They’ll be excited to meet life-sized dinosaurs, like the famous Tyrannosaurus rex, and interact with fun-loving baby dinos, like Trixie the Triceratops. Kids can get in touch with their inner explorer with fossil digs, a clue-filled adventure quest and much more. Be sure to snag your tickets for this family event before they’re gone.

Need somewhere for kids to unleash their excess wiggles and giggles? Head to one of Gonzales’ public parks, like the Kidz Kove Discovery Park where you’ll find accessible play equipment or Jambalaya Park, where families can cool off for free at the splash pad. When tummies grumble, head to Brew-Bacher’s Grill for kid-approved burgers, delicious seafood platters and unique po’boys.

Plan your trip to Ascension Parish.

Let the Good Times Roll Festival

Shreveport
June 21-23

Let the Good Times Roll Festival is an annual celebration of Black music, food and art in recognition of Juneteenth. Enjoy top-the-line live performances each night, incredible local food vendors and an all-day art market — all with cityscape views of the Red River.

After the festival, roll up to Hot Wheels Skating Palace for a few turns around the rink. The snack bar is well-stocked with pizza, nachos and other concession stand goodies.

Visit Shreveport-Bossier.

Rockin’ River Fest

June 21
Natchitoches

Enjoy a free concert and family fun on the Cane River at Rockin' River Fest. Listen to fiddle-filled Louisiana tunes and high-energy eclectic jams by live bands, plus an interactive kids’ zone and a dazzling fireworks display to round out the evening. The concert is part of Natchitoches’ larger 2024 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration.

For more family escapades, head to Gator Country Louisiana, an alligator park where you can wade with baby gators, hold lizards and snakes, pet rambunctious goats and see live large-gator feedings. Another great kid-friendly stop is Natchitoches City Park, where you’ll find a playground and large public pool. For lunch, head up the road to Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant and sample locally famous meat pies, gumbo, corn fritters, fried chicken and more.

Plan your trip to Natchitoches.

Larry Brew Fest & Homebrew Competition

June 22
Mandeville

Come sample over 200 commercial and homebrew beers at the Larry Brew Fest & Homebrew Competition, featuring Louisiana breweries like Chafunkta Brewing Company, Urban South Brewery and Gnarly Barley. While you’re there, vote for the best homebrew to win the People’s Choice Contest, listen to live music, browse vendor booths and sample tasty nibbles from food trucks. For the best price, be sure to purchase your tickets before the event.

Set on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, Mandeville offers numerous opportunities to take in natural beauty. Stroll along the paved lakeside paths beginning at Mandeville Beach to watch sailboats on the water or appreciate a beautiful sunset. Fontainebleau State Park is a great spot for fishing, biking, boating and hiking, while Cane Bayou is ideal for an afternoon of lazy paddling. 

Visit The Northshore.

Textiles & Spinning at Fort Jesup

June 22
Many

History buffs and craft enthusiasts will relish an afternoon of Textiles & Spinning at Fort Jesup. Discover Louisiana’s history of fibers and fabric creation — like how Acadian brown cotton came to be grown here. Plus, you can see a live demonstration of how to work a cotton gin. Afterward, tour the fort to see reconstructed officer’s quarters, historic kitchens and more.

When you’ve finished your dive into Louisiana history, head to Many for a southern meal. At Country Boy Restaurant, savor golden-brown catfish filets, fried shrimp, crispy hush puppies and steaming slices of apple pie. Or sample dishes from El Patio, a Mexican restaurant serving up cheesy quesadillas, tender pork fajitas and spicy tacos.

Learn more about Toledo Bend Lake Country.

Yoga Under the Oak

June 22
Lake Charles

Discover your inner peace with an all-levels yoga session at Yoga Under the Oak. The session is led by an expert guide and is open to all levels of namaste enthusiasts, from newbies to seasoned yogis. It’s a great opportunity to stretch your body, meditate and unwind.

Those looking for even more relaxation can book a local spa experience. Reserve your spot at Alevan Salon Spa Sanctuary for rejuvenating facials or feel your tension melt away with a Swedish massage at Massage Lake Charles. Or opt for some relaxing, quality time in nature with a visit to Sam Houston Jones State Park. Play a round of disc golf, photograph the abundant wildlife or trek along the trails.

Visit Lake Charles.

Market at the Marina

June 23
Slidell

Market at the Marina is a perfect Sunday evening activity. Browse up to 60 local vendor stalls showcasing handmade wares, fresh baked goods and more. Grab a snack from the on-site food trucks and stroll the market or enjoy the lakeside views from the Foggy Waters Marina.

Spend the weekend in Slidell exploring the local sights, culture and food. Climb aboard a flat-bottom boat on a Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tour to see the swamp, resident gators and possibly the legendary Honey Island Swamp Monster. Rent a bike from Brooks’ Bike Shop and go for a ride on the Tammany Trace. And when you’re ready to eat, grab some dinner at Palmettos on the Bayou, an Acadian-style restaurant set next to a stunning waterfront.

Visit The Northshore.

Louisiana Civil Rights Trail

Statewide 

Retrace the courageous footsteps of the African Americans who shaped our state through the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. Sites explore themes like culture, commerce, desegregation and protests. Wherever you are, learn about Louisiana’s real-life heroes and changemakers.

Make Plans for Louisiana This Month

Whether it's one of our many exciting festivals or an adventure in the great outdoors, there is always something unique to experience in Louisiana. Be sure to check our calendar of events for the most up-to-date list of festivities.